Course Syllabus

F21 PHY 2004 - Applied Physics 1


Sujata Krishna, Ph.D.


2249 (all activity is via Zoom)


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Office Hours

8.30 - 10 am Fridays via Zoomlink on the eLearning Course Homepage

10-10.30 am will be reserved for individual 1:1 meetings in my office in person.

Class Time

MWF p8, 3 - 3.50 pm in NPB 1001. 

Live streaming via zoom during class time is available. Zoom details are on the Canvas Homepage.




PHY2004 - Applied Physics 1. Emphasizes the practical applications of basic physics to a range of professions, including architecture, agricultural sciences, building construction and forest resources. Mechanics of motion, forces, energy, momentum, wave motion and heat.

Credits: 3, prerequisites: none.

Course Objectives

By the end of this course, students will have improved their foundation in the concepts, principles, terminology, and methodologies used to describe motion (translation, rotation and combined) of simple objects, the basic properties of matter, harmonic oscillations,  wave motion and heat. Specifically, students will be able to:

  1. Analyze particular physical situations, and thus identify the fundamental principles pertinent to those situations to make successful predictions of system behavior,
  2. Apply fundamental principles to formulate mathematical equations describing the relation between physical quantities in these particular situations,
  3. Solve mathematical equations to find the values of physical quantities, and
  4. Communicate unambiguously both the principles that apply to a situation and the results of specific calculations resulting from the steps above.

Expectations of Students:

To achieve the above learning outcomes, students are expected to:

  • To read the textbook section before coming to the class on that section. That way you will receive the most out of the class time.
  • The technical ability to use Canvas, Mastering Physics, in addition to the use of Microsoft Word and Excel or equivalent packages. 
  • Ability to use iClicker remote or software in each class period. It is your responsibility to register your iclicker account in the Canvas Course - iClicker sync - choose the course.
  • Full participation in the group problem solving sessions in order to learn the physics concepts, principles, and problem-solving techniques of introductory physics.
  • Complete reading quizzes and homework assignments to self–assess your understanding of the module’s concepts and problem- solving strategies on a weekly basis.
  • To seek help from your instructor, Learning Assistants and other students when specific content does not make sense, and to seek out additional practice when needed to gain mastery before moving on to future modules. These additional materials should include problems at the end of the chapter that are not assigned as part of your homework.
  • This course requires an extensive amount of time to do all of the above, and students should plan accordingly to spend 6 hours per week on course preparation and practice outside of class time.
  • Physics is practiced and advanced by a scientific community of individuals with diverse backgrounds and identities and is open and welcoming to everyone. The instructional team recognizes the value in diversity, equity and inclusion in all aspects of this course. This includes, but is not limited to differences in race, ethnicity, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, age, socioeconomic status, religion and disability. Students may have opportunities to work together in this course. We expect respectful student collaborations such as attentive listening and responding to the contributions of all teammates. 

    Physics, like all human endeavors, is something that is learned. Our aim is to foster an atmosphere of learning that is based on inclusion, transparency and respect for all participants.  We acknowledge the different needs and perspectives we bring to our common learning space and strive to provide everyone with equal access. All students meeting the course prerequisites belong here and are well positioned for success.

    Covid-Related Student Expectation

    In response to COVID-19, the following practices are in place to maintain your learning environment, to enhance the safety of our in-classroom interactions, and to  further the health and safety of ourselves, our neighbors, and our loved ones.  

    • If you are not vaccinated, get vaccinated.  Vaccines are readily available at no cost and have been demonstrated to be safe and effective against the COVID-19 virus. Visit this link for details on where to get your shot, including options that do not require an appointment: Students who receive the first dose of the vaccine somewhere off-campus and/or outside of Gainesville can still receive their second dose on campus.  
    • You are expected to wear approved face coverings at all times during class and within buildings even if you are vaccinated.  Please continue to follow healthy habits, including best practices like frequent hand washing.  Following these practices is our responsibility as Gators.  
      • Sanitizing supplies are available in the classroom if you wish to wipe down your desks prior to sitting down and at the end of the class. 
      • Hand sanitizing stations will be located in every classroom. 
    • If you sick, stay home and self-quarantine.  Please visit the UF Health Screen, Test & Protect website about next steps, retake the questionnaire and schedule your test for no sooner than 24 hours after your symptoms began. Please call your primary care provider if you are ill and need immediate care or the UF Student Health Care Center at 352-392-1161 (or email to be evaluated for testing and to receive further instructions about returning to campus. UF Health Screen, Test & Protect offers guidance when you are sick, have been exposed to someone who has tested positive or have tested positive yourself. Visit the UF Health Screen, Test & Protect website for more information. 
      • Submit paperwork for an excused absence
      • If you are withheld from campus by the Department of Health through Screen, Test & Protect you are not permitted to use any on campus facilities. Students attempting to attend campus activities when withheld from campus will be referred to the Dean of Students Office.
    • Continue to regularly visit and for up-to-date information about COVID-19 and vaccination.   

Required Materials

- The required text is Physics: Principles with Applications by Douglas Giancoli, 7thed, published by Pearson. The course is set up for an All-Access opt-in to purchase the text online for students who have registered in the course. The opt-in procedure begins with this UF ALL-ACCESS WEBSITE. If you experience difficulty, here are Pearson instructions and Pearson customer support are on campus so you can approach the Pearson Bookstore Helpdesk in the first week of the semester.

The required online homework system is MasteringPhysics, access to which is included in the purchase of the online textbook described above. Access Mastering Physics using the link provided in the Canvas website. You should not need the Mastering course ID.

- IClicker Cloud account. You may participate via a handheld clicker or software. 

-Canvas is the where course content, grades, and communication will reside for this course.

Course Policies

Mechanics Surveys:  There will be two mechanics surveys in this the introductory-level courses. For the  'Mechanics Survey A' no preparation is required. It is designed as a benchmark and will help me teach better. You will receive full points for completion of the tests, you will not receive a grade for these tests.


Excused absences and allowances for make-up work are consistent with university policies in the undergraduate catalog  ( and require appropriate documentation.

You are expected to attend the lectures and attempt the online reading quizzes, homework, and exams in their assigned format by their assigned deadlines. You are also expected to interact with the instructor, learning assistants, and with your fellow students through discussions. You are expected to engage with content material through activities and assignments in the course. 

ICLICKER POLICY: iClicker questions may be used during in any class period after Labor Day. This means attendance in person or synchronous viewing is required. Your lowest 4 iclicker sessions will be excused to account for any absences. This typically corresponds to 4 classes. This will take care of excused absences.  It is your responsibility to register your clicker before Labor Day and to be ready to participate in graded clicker questions during any class after that. Forgetting your device or a non-functioning is not an acceptable excuse. Technical problems must be resolved with iClicker support. 

ASSIGNMENT POLICY: Homework, reading quiz, and exam dates are as stated in the syllabus. Occasionally minor modifications to these dates may be made but never without at least one weeks’ notice. Due dates may be pushed back but will not be brought forward without in-class discussion.

HOMEWORK POLICY: Homework sets are completed online through Mastering Physics at any time between the opening of the assignment and the deadline announced in the course calendar. These assignments are not timed or proctored, but they are subject to the UF Policy on Academic Misconduct (see below).

It is permissible to seek assistance or collaborate on homework with other students, outside help or your instructor. This assistance may include help with interpreting the problem, identifying relevant information in the textbook or course videos, or identifying one’s errors.  No credit is available for late assignments. 

EXAM POLICY:  Two mid-term exams and a cumulative final exam will be delivered. Midterms are during class time. The final exam will be longer than a class period, exact length to be announced closer to the exam date.  Exams are not collaborative and are completed alone.  Student honor code policies apply to honesty. You are responsible for checking ahead of time that you come prepared for the exam with the right materials such as calculator, formula sheet etc. See announcements in Canvas for the materials permitted for each exam. For each of the exams, you are permitted to bring a 1-page formula sheet with equations only. No diagrams or words allowed. You must submit this sheet with your exam via canvas upload. You must also submit all scratch work done during the exam. This serves as your proof of attempt and will only be looked at if your exam is flagged for any policy violations. Scratch work does not need to be neat.

CLASS DISCUSSION: The class will be interactive and you are expected to participate by answering and asking physics questions.  

GROUP WORK(GW): The purpose of this activity is to strengthen your problem-solving skills and your physics communication skills. Additionally you will learn to work in a team, which is the way most science is conducted these days. Groups will be assigned in class and you are expected to fully participate in group work in this course. This will take the form of working with your classmates during class to prepare for an exam by working through assigned problems together. Assessment of group work occurs during a pre-announced GW session for each group. You may not be absent on your date of assessment. You are not assessed during each GW, though your level of participation is noted for each GW.  You may miss upto 2 GW sessions with no penalty, though the more you engage with your group the better you will engage with the course. Any additional GW sessions missed  beyond 2 will cost you a -1 on your GW score. The GW assessment rubric will be available before the GW. The same grade is given to the entire group.  So it is in your best interests to make sure each person in the group fully understands how a problem is being worked out. You may have access to a Learning Assistant (LA) during your group work for part of the time. An LA is a trained undergraduate that has completed this course or an equivalent course. An LA is not there to grade you. They are not there to do the questions on the worksheet, but they will help facilitate your group discussion. In the past several students have found this extremely helpful, and research shows that such active learning in class with peers is beneficial.

MAKE-UP POLICY: Requirements for class attendance and make-up exams, assignments, and other work are consistent with university policies that can be found here (Links to an external site.). For a foreseeable absence, it is your responsibility to identify yourself as requiring an accommodation at least one week prior to the absence. Proof of all excusable absences must be submitted by email to the instructor.

AUDIOVISUAL RECORDING POLICY: Students are allowed to record video or audio of class lectures. However, the purposes for which these recordings may be used are strictly controlled. The only allowable purposes are (1) for personal educational use, (2) in connection with a complaint to the university, or (3) as evidence in, or in preparation for, a criminal or civil proceeding. All other purposes are prohibited. Specifically, students may not publish recorded lectures without the written consent of the instructor.

A “class lecture” is an educational presentation intended to inform or teach enrolled students about a particular subject, including any instructor-led discussions that form part of the presentation, and delivered by any instructor hired or appointed by the University, or by a guest instructor, as part of a University of Florida course. A class lecture does not include lab sessions, student presentations, clinical presentations such as patient history, academic exercises involving solely student participation, assessments (quizzes, tests, exams), field trips, private conversations between students in the class or between a student and the faculty or lecturer during a class session.

Publication without permission of the instructor is prohibited. To “publish” means to share, transmit, circulate, distribute, or provide access to a recording, regardless of format or medium, to another person (or persons), including but not limited to another student within the same class section. Additionally, a recording, or transcript of a recording, is considered published if it is posted on or uploaded to, in whole or in part, any media platform, including but not limited to social media, book, magazine, newspaper, leaflet, or third party note/tutoring services. A student who publishes a recording without written consent may be subject to a civil cause of action instituted by a person injured by the publication and/or discipline under UF Regulation 4.040 Student
Policy on Course Syllabi 3 UF, Academic Affairs, August 5th, 2021 Honor Code and Student Conduct Code.

Privacy Policy: Links to privacy policy of  Mastering Physics (Links to an external site.).

Accessibility Policy: Links to  Mastering Physics (Links to an external site.) policies.

Grade Calculation

Grades in the course are awarded based on an overall course score (100%) made up as follows:






Exam 1 (Chapters 1 - 4)



Exam 2 (Chapters 5 - 9)



Reading Quizzes


Final Exam (Ch. 1-14; cumulative)



iClicker in class quizzes/attendance


Group Work Assessment



Mechanics surveys 





Other Surveys




The following grading standards will be used in this class:

A A- B+ B B- C+ C C- D+ D D- E
≥85.00 80.00 75.00 70.00 65.00 60.00 55.00 50.00 45.00 40.00 35.00 <35.00

iClicker Sync

You are required to participate with the iClicker Cloud app on a smartphone, tablet or laptop. It is your responsibility to follow the steps below to properly register your iClicker account in a timely fashion. It is also your responsibility to regularly check your iClicker records for any discrepancies.

In order to participate in iClicker activities and ensure that your grades are properly reflected in the gradebook, follow the steps below:

1. Log in to the Canvas course and click the iClicker link in the PHY2004 left sidebar. If you do not already have an iClicker account, you will need to create one. It’s free!

  • If you already have an iClicker account, sign in. DO NOT create a new account. You can only receive credit from one account.
  • When creating your iClicker account, make sure you enter your name and email exactly as they appear in Canvas. Add your Gatorlink username in the “Student ID” field. Click here to create your iclicker account .
  • When prompted to register a remote, you can Skip This Step if you are not using a handheld remote. Handheld remotes only work while answering questions in the lecture hall.

2. Set up the device(s) you’ll use to participate in our synchronous lectures.

  • You can download the iClicker cloud app via the App Store or Google Play, or you can use iClicker on your laptop.
  • If you have multiple devices, I recommend accessing our virtual class using your computer and participating in the iClicker questions using your mobile device.
  • If you only have one device, you can open up a new tab in your web browser for iClicker cloud, or switch back and forth between our virtual class and the iClicker cloud app.

3. Now the fun part! Participate in iClicker class activities.

  • When it’s time for class, make sure you have selected this course from the main screen of your iClicker cloud account.
    • When the instructor starts a class session in iClicker, select the Join button that appears on your screen, then answer each question asked in iClicker cloud.
    • For short answer, numeric, and target questions, make sure you select Send.

4. Review your work in iClicker cloud.

  • You can review your grades, performance, and participation in iClicker cloud.
  • Grades will be synced from iClicker cloud to Canvas on a regular basis. Please allow a week after lecture for the sync to occur. If you do not see scores in Canvas, you have not successfully completed step 1 above. The deadline for completing step 1 above is the last day of class for this semester (prior to reading days), but you are strongly advised to complete step 1 in the first two weeks of the semester.

Academic Integrity Information

iClicker activities fall under the provisions of our campus academic honesty policy. Students must not engage in academic dishonesty while participating in iClicker activities. This includes but is not limited to:

  • Having another student participate for you
  • Using more than one iClicker account at a time
  • Sending your answer to other students in any way.

Any student found to be in violation of these rules will lose their iClicker points for the entire term and may be reported to the Dean of Student Discipline.

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UNIVERSITY POLICY ON ACCOMMODATING STUDENTS WITH DISABILITIES: Students requesting accommodation for disabilities must first register with the Disability Resource Center (352-392-8565, (Links to an external site.)) by providing appropriate documentation. The Dean of Students Office will provide documentation to the student who must then provide this documentation to the instructor when requesting accommodation. You must submit this documentation prior to submitting assignments or taking the quizzes or exams. Accommodations are not retroactive, therefore, students should contact the office as soon as possible in the term for which they are seeking accommodations.

UNIVERSITY POLICY ON ACADEMIC MISCONDUCT:  Academic honesty and integrity are fundamental values of the University community. Students should be sure that they understand the UF Student Honor Code at  .

COURSE EVALUATION: Students are expected to provide professional and respectful feedback on the quality of instruction in this course by completing course evaluations online via GatorEvals. Guidance on how to give feedback in a professional and respectful manner is available at (Links to an external site.)Students will be notified when the evaluation period opens, and can complete evaluations through the email they receive fromGatorEvals, in their Canvas course menu underGatorEvals, or via  Summaries of course evaluation results are available to students at .


U Matter, We Care: If you or a friend is in distress, please contact or 352392- 1575 so that a team member can reach out to the student.
Counseling and Wellness Center:, 392-1575; and the University Police Department: 392-1111 or 9-1-1 for emergencies. 

Sexual Assault Recovery Services (SARS): Student Health Care Center, 392-1161.


Library Support: Various ways to receive assistance with respect to using the libraries or finding resources.

Teaching Center, Broward Hall, 392-2010 or 392-6420. General study skills and tutoring.

UF Student Success:  For improving study skills to connecting with a peer tutor, peer mentor, success coach, academic advisor, and wellness resources, go to

Knack Tutoring: Free tutoring may be requested at:

Writing Studio, 302 Tigert Hall, 846-1138. Help brainstorming, formatting, and writing papers.
Student Complaints On-Campus:

Tentative Course Schedule: This schedule is a guide. It may be adjusted by the instructor as the course progresses through the semester.

Week  M T W R F




Ch 1.1 - 1.3

Reading: 1.1-1.8

 1.4 - 1.8, Trig


 2.1 - 2.4

Reading: 2.1-2.8




(Math Review)

2.5 - 2.8


Mechanics Survey 1




Labor Day Holiday


3.1 - 3.4

Reading: 3.1 –3.7


3.5 - 3.6




(on ch 1 & 2)


4.1 - 4.6


4.7 - 4.8

5 9/20

GW 3

(on ch 3 & 4)


5.1 - 5.2



5.3 - 5.7




Exam 1

(on ch 1-4)


5.7 - 6.1


6.2 - 6.7

Reading: 6.1,6.3-6.10



 6.7 - 6.10


7.1 - 7.5

Reading: 7.1-7.8


Homecoming - No class



(on ch 5 & 6)


 7.6 - 7.10


8.1 8.4

Reading: 8.1-8.4





 9.1 - 9.4

Reading: 9.1-9.2, 9.4, 9.5 (only Hooke's Law)


 Mechanics Survey II

10 10/25


(on ch 7 & 8?)


11.1 - 11.3

Reading: 11.1-11.9



11.4 - 11.9




Exam 2

(on ch 5 - 9)

 11.9 - 11.12


12.1 - 12.3

Reading: 12.1,12.2, 12.4,12.7,12.8


 12.4 - 12.5




(on Ch 11)

12.7 - 13.1


13.5 - 13.9



14.1 - 14.4

 GW7 (ch 12 +13?)


 Reading 14.1-14.5






Thanksgiving - no class


Thanksgiving - No class


15 11/29


Exam 3 Review Part 1 Ch 1-7 (LAs) 


Revision of Exam 1 Material


Revision of Exam 2 Material


Exam 3 Review Part 2 - Ch 8-14  (LAs)



12/8 Last Teaching Day

Catch-up class



Reading Day - No classes




12.30 - 2.30 pm

Final Exam

NPB 1001

(Ch. 1-14; cumulative)



Disclaimer: This syllabus represents my current plans and objectives.  As we go through the semester, those plans may need to change to enhance the class learning opportunity.  Such changes, communicated clearly, are not unusual and should be expected.


Course Summary:

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